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Originally posted by firepilot
SR-71s did not not fly in any gulf wars
In 1991, NASA launched a comprehensive program to study the Earth as an environmental system. By using satellites and tools like the ER-2 to intensively study the Earth, NASA hopes to expand human understanding of how natural processes affect people and how people might be affecting the processes. Such studies may yield improved weather forecasts, tools for managing agriculture and forests, information for fisheries and local planners, and the ability to predict how the climate will change in the future.
NASA ER-2s have played an important role in Earth science research because of their ability to fly into the lower stratosphere at subsonic speeds, enabling direct stratospheric sampling as well as virtual satellite simulation missions. The aircraft’s unique capabilities enable studies such as stratospheric ozone concentrations over Antarctica and the Arctic.
The two SR-71s at Dryden have been assigned the following NASA tail numbers: NASA 844 (A model), military serial 64-17980, manufactured in July 1967, and NASA 831 (B model), military serial 64-17956, manufactured in September 1965. From 1991 through 1994, Dryden also had another "A" model, NASA 832, military serial 64-17971, manufactured in October 1966. This aircraft was returned to the USAF inventory and was the first aircraft reactivated for USAF reconnaissance purposes in 1995.
The SR-71 last flight took place in October 1999.
SR-71 NOT DEPLOYED FOR DESERT STORM. "There are no SR-71s being deployed" as part of Operation Desert Storm, DoD said last week. Some sources say the Lockheed-built spy-plane, which was retired one month before Iraq invaded Kuwait, would be more useful than satellites in bomb damage assessment through thick cloud cover and in tracking the elusive mobile Scud launchers